Maurine Molak and David’s Legacy Foundation
Maurine Molak and her family founded David’s Legacy Foundation in honor of their late son and brother, David, after he took his own life on January 4, 2016 at the age of 16. The foundation’s purpose is to raise awareness of cyberbullying, empower children and parents through education, and aid in the passage and awareness of David’s Law to protect Texas’ youth from the dangers of cyber abuse.
David Molak was an Eagle Scout, sports enthusiast, hunter, spurs fan, brother, and friend. In October 2015, David became the target of relentless cyber-assisted bullying at his high school. The harassment followed him through various online channels and caused him to feel overwhelmed with hopelessness in the months leading up to his death. The Molak family hopes to prevent this tragedy from happening to another family through the efforts of David’s Legacy Foundation.
Through the David’s Legacy Foundation’s online resources, victims of cyberbullying can access educational materials, connect to an online suicide prevention hotline, and reach volunteer attorneys through the foundation’s Don’t Bully Me (DBM) Project. The DBM Project provides pro-bono legal services to victims of serious bullying incidents.
To create a pathway to prevent cyberbullying in Texas, David’s Legacy Foundation worked during the 85th legislative session to push for legislation that will make cyberbullying a punishable offense and deter individuals from harassing minors through technology. SB-179, named David’s Law, was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in June of 2017 and goes into effect Sept 1, 2017. Supporters are encouraged to join in the organization’s cause by sharing positivity on social media, and follow the foundation’s Facebook page for news and updates.
Matt and Maurine Molak, along with David’s two brothers, Cliff and Chris Molak, continue a concerted effort with David’s Legacy Foundation through speaking engagements, partnering with schools, and sharing the message with young people that “It’s Cool to be Kind.”
David’s Legacy Foundation can be found online at www.DavidsLegacy.org or on Facebook as @DavidsLegacyFoundation.